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January 17, 2017
Netsurion and EventTracker Global CISO John Christly has been named to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) Small Merchant Task Force. As a seasoned IT security professional, Christly will serve as a voice for SMBs and multi-location merchants to help make PCI compliance even more achievable and payment data even more secure. Netsurion is a leading provider of managed data and network security services for multi-location businesses, and its subsidiary EventTracker is an innovator in security information and event management (SIEM) technology.
SMB retailers vary from small operations with one or a few locations, to larger entities with many edge locations, such as franchises or branch offices. The dispersed nature of their businesses can create security gaps and challenges, leaving them vulnerable to data breaches. Operating remotely with minimal IT budgets and internal resources, they often cannot fortify their payment systems on their own—let alone efficiently gain and maintain their PCI compliance.
These types of small, remote franchise locations present a huge risk to leading brands across the retail, restaurant, and hotel sectors. Reputational damage and revenue loss from breach news going public impact the individual edge locations, as well as the corporate brand on a national or global scale. Clearly, more needs to be done to improve security at each and every location under the brand umbrella.
According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, “remote attacks against the environments where card-present retail transactions are conducted” resulted in 534 total incidents, of which 525 had confirmed data disclosure.
The Small Merchant Task Force is a dedicated global effort to help improve payment data security for small businesses. Co-chaired by Barclaycard and the National Restaurant Association (NRA), the task force collaborates on guidance and resources that simplify data security and PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance for some of the most vulnerable businesses preyed upon by cybercriminals.
The task force relies on cross-industry expertise to develop resources that help small merchants understand why and how to protect payment card data and resolve risks to their businesses. Specifically, the group provides:
Flexibility and security within the IT environment are two of the most important factors driving business today. Netsurion’s managed cybersecurity platforms enable companies to deliver on both. Netsurion Managed Threat Protection combines our ISO-certified security operations center (SOC) with our own award-winning cybersecurity platform to better predict, prevent, detect, and respond to threats against your business. Netsurion Secure Edge Networking delivers our purpose-built edge networking platform with flexible managed services to multi-location businesses that need optimized network security, agility, resilience, and compliance for all branch locations. Whether you need technology with a guiding hand or a complete outsourcing solution, Netsurion has the model to help drive your business forward. To learn more visit netsurion.com or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. Netsurion is #19 among MSSP Alert’s 2020 Top 250 MSSPs.
Deb Montner, Montner Tech PR